'True Blood' series finale recap: Who did Sookie end up with?

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true-blood-series-finale-bill-hbo.jpgIt turns out that "True Blood's" story of Sookie Stackhouse didn't end with her being in a relationship with Vampire Bill after all. Instead, she gave him the true death, sobbing over his coffin filled with his bloody goo so that she could live a life unhindered by her draw to him.

It was a life with a future, which is all Bill wanted for Sookie. He lived too long himself, and as he became more human by the end -- literally, as Sookie was able to read his thoughts as she would a human -- he realized how much he wanted to die. Fortunately Sookie stayed true to her own identity as well, remaining a fairy because that is who she is.

That's not to say the "True Blood" series finale was all full of sad endings. Before Bill's death, Jessica had him walk her down the aisle as she rushed to wed Hoyt Fortenberry. Yes, Jessica Hamby is now Jessica Fortenberry, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer.

All was happy for Pam and Eric as well, as they became the incredibly wealthy founders of New Blood after killing Mr. Gus. With the years flashing forward, the final 10 minutes of "True Blood" show Jason and Hoyt's ex Brigette with a brood of children, Sookie with a bun in the oven -- more on that shortly -- and Eric and Pam back running Fangtasia like they belong.

As for Sarah Newlin, she gets the terrible life she deserves, being drained of her antidote-filled blood time after time while being haunted by the ghost of Steve Newlin and earning Pam and Eric a whole bunch of money. Seriously, the only end she deserves. Thank goodness she is thankful for nothing.

But what about Sookie? Who does she end up with? The final scene of "True Blood" shows everyone in Bon Temps -- including Sam and Nicole and their brood of children -- gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Sookie hugs a man, whispers "I love you," and they sit to eat. The audience never sees his face. 

In the end, Sookie is happy and married and having her dream life, and that's all that showrunner Brian Buckner thinks matters, apparently. The audience never knows who her soulmate -- aka Not Bill -- is. Honestly, I feel a little cheated. While the finale's other resolutions make sense to bringing emotional conclusions to the show's many storylines, after seven seasons, the audience deserved to at least see the face of the man who could make Sookie happy.

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